Ron Bobroff


Ronald P. Bobroff

Interim Chair of the History Department

European International History, Russia

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BioRonald Bobroff is teaching at Wake Forest 2012-2014, and he had previously taught at Wake Forest from 2001 to 2008. He also holds a tenured position on the faculty of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He studies European international and Russian histories, with a concentration on the origins and diplomacy of the First World War. His Roads to Glory: Late Imperial Russia and the Turkish Straits was published in 2006. Professor Bobroff is currently at work on a monograph about the Franco-Russian Alliance. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and PhD from Duke University.


PhD: Duke University, History, 2000
MSc: London School of Economics, International History, 1994
MA: Duke University, 1993
BA: University of Pennsylvania, 1991

Academic Appointments:
Wake Forest University: Visiting Associate Professor (2013-14), various titles (2001-08, 2012-13)
Oglethorpe University: Associate Professor (2010-present, on-leave), Assistant Professor (2008-10)
Duke University: Visiting Assistant Professor (2000-01)

Administrative Appointments:
Oglethorpe University: Director of Curricular Development in Service Learning (2010-12)

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  •  Roads to Glory: Late Imperial Russia and the Turkish Straits (London: I. B. Tauris, 2006)

Articles and Chapters:

  • War accepted but unsought: Russia’s growing militancy and the July Crisis, 1914” in Jack Levy and John Vasquez., eds. The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics and Decision-Making, Cambridge University Press. Edp. April 2014. 
  • “The Question of the Turkish Straits during World War I” in Oleg Budnitskii, Michael Hughes, David McDonald, and David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, eds. Russia’s Great War and Revolution vol. 3 “International History.” Bloomington: Slavica, Edp. [all volumes] 2013-2018. 
  • “Devolution in Wartime: Sergei D. Sazonov and the Future of Poland, 1910-1916.”  International History Review 22: 3 (2000) 505-28
  • “Behind the Balkan Wars: Russian policy towards Bulgaria and the Turkish Straits, 1912-1913.” Russian Review 59: 1 (2000) 76-95